Jesus taught us to love our neighbour, and tells us that what we do for others we do for Him: “I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matthew 25:36). Kairos Prison Ministry International, headquartered in the US, sponsors many thousands of volunteers in men’s and women’s prisons in several countries. David Soy, a member of our Parish Council, is part of a Kairos multi-denominational Team of volunteers from BC and Washington churches who bring Christ’s love and teachings to inmates at Clallam Bay Correctional Center in the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. David has participated in many of the four-day ‘Weekends’ at Clallam Bay CC, the most recent being in March 2018.

David has made presentations on prison ministry to several local groups including our Men’s Club, who have been moved and impressed by his stories of how the lives of inmates are profoundly changed through the Weekends.

While not all of us are capable of visiting prisoners, all of us can support those who answer this call from our Lord. This Lent, St. Mark’s parishioners enthusiastically participated in the Prayer Vigil which is held to support each Weekend.

David has been called to be the Leader of the Team for the next weekend to be held from September 20-24, 2018. St. Mark’s will be stepping up the support we have offered to David and the Team, not only through our prayers and donations, but also though hosting one of the sessions for team-building and training for the volunteers. Sessions will be held July 14 in Seattle, August 11 and 12 at St. Mark’s, and September 8 in Port Angeles.

You can support this ministry by praying for the volunteers, prison staff and inmates, and welcoming Team Members to St. Mark’s in August. Donations to David Soy to help cover the ministry costs, paid by the volunteers, would also be very welcome. You can even be invited to attend the closing ceremonies of the program in the prison on Sunday afternoon, September 24, to see and hear for yourself how the Holy Spirit has touched hearts and minds.

And if perhaps the Lord is calling you to be a volunteer with the Team, please answer! More Team members are needed, and while prison ministry work can be onerous, it is deeply rewarding. Kairos also uses women volunteers to do ministry in women’s prisons, and in Outside programs for women whose family members are incarcerated. Please call David Soy at (604) 319-2749 to learn more about these possibilities.